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Visioning for the U.S. Government is a difficult process. No one entity hasthe responsibility to define the long term vision of the country. This hasbeen argued for many years amongst those of us who discuss the role theUnited States needs to define for itself with the end of the Cold War and aworld emerging in the 21stCentury that is very different. But, little progresshas ever been made. Until now. In a brilliantly lucid manor, Dr. ThomasP.M. Barnett, senior strategic researcher and professor at the U.S. Naval WarCollege, has defined what that vision of a “future worth creating” should bein his new book, The Pentagon’s New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century.The map he is referring to is the map of the world divided into two regions;those who represent countries whose populations are connected or movingtoward connection to the global economy, internet, etc., and those who arestill unconnected. It is not the usual discussion of helping the “have-not”countries through foreign aid or humanitarian assistance. It is a discussionof the “have” or “emerging have” countries, what Dr. Barnett refers to as“the Core and New Core” countries working together to bring the rest of theworld of “have not” countries, what he refers to as “the Gap” into the globaleconomy and the world’s rule sets.